9 Things I Wish I Knew About Disaster Management When I First Started
Disasters do not come with warning; well, maybe volcanic eruptions can be predicted to some extent but Earth quakes and tsunami are natural disasters which are unexpected and highly destructive. Don’t count out a fire catastrophe either.
The best way to care for your belongings and your family is to have a plan for all the possible outcomes of a natural calamity including every type of emergency that can present itself.
Most people ignore the threat because they haven’t ever been a victim of its power, but the one thing they need to understand is that you only need one disaster to ruin your life and that one disaster can come at any time.
Are you prepared?
You’ll need to eat to stay alive during this disaster, that’s the whole point of it.
Have a good, well prepared stock of food in your basement or in a backpack in case you need to go out of the house.
If you have a back pack then you also need to keep in mind the space you have in it, so keep small ration bars with you.
Ration bars are the best option for stocking up because of their flexible expiry dates, so you don’t have to repack your bag every now and then you have enough proteins to last a whole day or two.
If you have a basement, then space ceases to remain a problem and you should stock up enough to meet your needs.
Your needs will depend upon the intensity and duration of the natural disaster, so don’t underestimate anything.
Water is very important too.
Save it as much as you can and include habits that help you save and store water in your lifestyle, so that when a disaster hits, you have enough to survive.
Have big cans of it in your basement and bottles in your backpack.
A person requires from 1 to 2 gallons of water per day, and in case of an evacuation, you must have a supply enough for at least three days so that you can beat dehydration.
Do not trust the any pipeline you see outside, since natural disasters are usually followed by water contamination.
Water also comes in handy for cooking, so keep that in perspective too, and water purifiers for when you do run out will also be a blessing.
7) Survival Gear
Your survival gear should be portable and light. Also it should be impermeable to liquids and fire resistant.
The gear should be next to the door for emergency evacuation or at any other place which enables easy access in case of an emergency.
The items that the gear should have are clean clothes, food, water, cash, first aid kits, flashlights and maybe even tents.
You should also have some coins to use if you find a working phone booth.
Having a Family Survival Kit for your car will help as well.
6) A Plan
Planning is highly crucial for in case of a disaster.
Your family should be well aware of all the emergency exits and you should know whether your basement is enough to protect you when you need it most, or whether you would have to evacuate.
Do your neighbors have a good basement that you can use if disaster occurs?
Imagine yourself in the worst possible state and have a plan for that situation.
Think for your family too, and your pets. You should be ahead of every situation that could reveal itself.
Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.
5) First Aid and CPR
Even the toughest people react unexpectedly in case of natural calamities.
To save your family and neighbors, you need to learn every technique there is that can save lives in such situations.
The first aid box should not have exhausted or expired items, and you should know how to use them in times of danger.
CPR is a technique that most of you are aware of but don’t know how to perform.
Learn, because it can help save lives around you, and you never know where it might come in handy.
You need a safe that can protect your valuables in times of crisis. You wouldn’t need to carry the case with you, but you can make sure that it’s there when you come back looking for it.
This safe should have all your important documents, credentials, and money. Prioritize what’s valuable to you and save it.
The safe should be, like your survival gear, fire resistant and water proof, and also the heavier the better, you don’t want it to flow away with the flood or people taking it do you?
A good way is to use some kind of underground contraption to keep it hidden till you get back.
One’s tragedy is another man’s opportunity. During the hurricane of Katrina, many people started stealing and looting others food and even drugs.
They didn’t have a home to begin with so they have much to lose in the hurricane; rather they were richer after it.
It wouldn’t be good for you if you’re all prepared and have all that you need and a person just comes in and takes it all.
You would need to protect yourself and your family.
Carrying a firearm could easily become the best decision you ever made.
2) Out of Town Contact
Even if you do find a calling booth, who would you call?
All the residents in your area wouldn’t be able to answer the call, or at least you have to think that way.
You would need a friend or a relative that can help you in these disasters and lives far away from you.
But they shouldn’t be so far that they couldn’t help you from where they are.
Your entire family should have their number stored in their memory so if you don’t make it, they do.
I say again, think of all the possibilities.
There is a good probability that your government thought this through and made a shelter for you already, but if not, you should have your own tent to work with.
You can’t sleep on the pavement, and you would need a place to be in for some time. So learn how to make a tent and practice in your garden one or two times.
This can be very useful to you when you don’t have a roof above your head.
The tent should also be light to carry and water proof, a large number of small weights to carry over long distances can be a menace.